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Endearing and innocent: ‘Christopher Robin’ is a fresh spin on Disney classic

 By Elspeth Macnab-Stark
Times-News correspondent

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Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) with his longtime friend Winnie the Pooh in Disney's "Christopher Robin." [Laurie Sparham / Disney via The Associated Press

   If you’ve ever wondered what happened to A.A. Milne’s Christopher   Robin after leaving the Hundred Acre Wood and its furry inhabitants   behind, Marc Forster’s “Christopher Robin” will answer all your   questions and more.
Overworked and out of touch, a grown-up Christopher Robin (Ewan   McGregor) receives a well-timed surprise visit from his old friend,   Winnie the Pooh.
Struggling to keep both his home and work life intact, Robin stays in   London while his wife, Evelyn (Hayley Atwell), and daughter, Madeline   (Bronte Carmichael), spend the weekend at his childhood home. When   Pooh arrives unexpectedly in London with a problem of his own, the   two old friends set off together to find the rest of the gang, who are lost   in the Hundred Acre Wood. Fighting a mid-life crisis and Heffalumps   along the way, Pooh and Robin eventually reunite with their friends   Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. With a menagerie read more…


‘Mamma Mia!” a feel-good summertime film

By Elspeth Macnab-Stark
Times-News correspondent

   ”Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” tells two stories at once.
In the present day, we see Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) dealing with a surprise pregnancy while missing her mother Donna (Meryl Streep). This is paralleled with the story of a young Donna’s (Lily James) own unplanned pregnancy. Considering that it is both a sequel and a prequel, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” does an impressive job of making sense of the convoluted plot it weaves.
The film takes a while to find its groove — but once it gets on the right track — there’s no stopping it.
Having used most of ABBA’s better-known songs in the first movie, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” had to find traction with what was left. Using hits like “Waterloo” and “Fernando,” plus a lot of lesser-known numbers, the cast succeeded in once again selling what they were feeling through every song.
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‘Fallen Kingdom’ is best sequel yet

By Gable Pierce
Times-News correspondent

   ”Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” has all of the thrills and excitement associated with the original “Jurassic Park” film.
There’s a modern-day twist as well with a volcano erupting on Isla Nublar (think the recent volcanic eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii). This volcano, however, is threatening to destroy the dinosaurs.
Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), who handles the estate of aging tycoon Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), has asked Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to help rescue the dinosaurs. The late “Jurassic Park” founder John Hammond had set aside some land to serve as a sanctuary for the dinosaurs.
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